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CHCI Medical Humanities Network

Research Projects

Symposia and Lecture Series

  • Chronic Conditions: Knowing, Seeing & Healing the Body in Global Africa

    University of Kansas

    Goal: To offer novel ways of thinking about the historical, cultural, and structural processes that have given rise to chronic conditions among Africans, African immigrants, and African Americans.

  • Death and Dying in the Medieval World

    University of Tennessee

    Goal: The 2019 Marco Symposium, held at the MARCO Institute for Medieval and Renaissance studies, will consider Death and Dying in Medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

  • Explorations in the Medical Humanities

    Columbia University

    Goal: A lecture series and workshop exploring how approaches that emerge from a historiographical or intepretive framework are different from those coming from the physician's black bag.

  • Medical Humanities Seminar

    University of California, Merced

    Goal: We are seeking to introduce, expand, and complicate the meaning of the medical humanities and are excited about the possibilities for collaboration across the San Joaquin Valley in California, nationally, and globally.

  • Narrative Medicine Lunch and Learn (2018-2019)

    Wake Forest University

    Goal: To invite nationally recgnized writers, scholars, and artists engaging with narrative medicine to give readings and conduct capacity-building workshops.

  • Narrative Medicine: The Story, Health, and Healing Initiative

    Wake Forest University

    Goal: To present a broad look at narrative medicine, including narrative in clinical practice, curriculum and teaching, and honing practices of litsening, observation, and storytelling.

  • Producing a Worthy Illness: Personal Crowdfunding Amidst Financial Crisis

    University of Washington

    Goal: This collaboration studio grant examines health-related fundraising through crowdsourcing websites from the perspectives of public health, medical anthropology, and media and communication studies.

  • Stanford Seminar with Allan Brandt

    University of Miami

    Goal: Offer public and accessible lecture on the medical humanities and promote the understanding of medicine as a humanist profession.

Focus Project: Aging

  • Age and the Body

    University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser

    Goal: Exploring attitudes toward aging and researching a range of medical responses to the facts of aging and death, by collecting narratives from the elderly that record and reflect on 20th century sexual practices, organ and transplant histories, chronic illness, neuro states, and pathographies, all the while including ordinary South Africans and analyses of two notable South Africans—Christiaan Barnard and Nelson Mandela.

  • Aging and its Tropes

    Columbia University

    Goal: The Columbia University project on aging “Aging and its Tropes” focuses on the study of “aging” as a concern brought together at the interface of elderly experience, care, and questions of social justice, as it brings together the medical and the carceral. Our research and discursive sites comprise both “complete and total institutions” and non-institutional settings: the hospital, the prison, the arts, the street.

  • Border Crossing, Piloting, Aging

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Goal: Questioning the received notion of Chinese culture as particularly reverent toward the elderly through a rigorous examination of the historical record, while studying how attitudes and behavior toward the elderly have changed over the past fifty years.

  • Culture and the Reproduction of Myths About Aging

    King's College London

    Goal: Surveying the extent to which recent memoirs concerned with old age contest Western stereotypes and how far they reinforce them. How can social innovation help redress institutionally ingrained patterns? And how might Western society use memoir more effectively to engage with the realities of old age?

  • Falls Narrative Study

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Goal: Examine how older adults narrate falls by collecting and analyzing narratives about falls written by older adults.

  • Medical Humanities: Diverse Inquiries

    Dartmouth College

    Goal: To emphasize collaborations between the liberal arts, medical education, and clinical care.

Research Collaborations

  • Creative Health Collaborations

    Arizona State University

    Goal: Creative Health Collaborations is a hub at ASU that will develop and foster transdisciplinary, integrated appraoches to health. Partners: Mayo Clinic in Arizona, King's College and the University of New South Wales (PLuS Alliance), and Dublin City University.

  • Evolution of Child Health Interventions in Tanzania

    University of Dar es Salaam

    Goal: To examine the evolution of public health interventions which households, communities, states and Christian Missions devised to improve the welfare and survival of children in Tanzania from the late pre-colonial period in the 1850s to 2010.

  • Health Humanities Initiative

    Arizona State University

    Goal: Developing research capacity, bringing humanities programming to the clinic, and training residents in focused humanities electives. Collaborators: Center for Huamnities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

  • Health Humanities Laboratory

    Texas A&M University

    Goal: The Health Humanities Laboratory examines emerging debates in the cross-disciplinary field of Health Humanities.

  • Health and Medical Humanities Initiatives at the University of Texas-Austin

    University of Texas at Austin

    Goal: To develop a variety of medical and health humanities programming at our University, with the long-range goal of establishing a health and humanities center under the aegis of the UT-Humanities Institute in collaboration with Dell Medical School.

  • Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities

    Columbia University

    Goal: Online journal in medical and health humanities, co-edited by Dr. Arden Hegele and Dr. Rishi Goyal. Visit us at medicalhealthhumanities.com

  • The Past, Present and Future of US Global Health Partnerships in Africa

    University of Washington

    Goal: This projet connects diverse faculty and international speakers to examine "partnership" as a programmatic priority and affective ideal in global health initiatives between the United States and African countries, and beyond. Details: simpsoncenter.org/mat

  • Transitions: Living and Dying Well

    University of Tennessee

    Goal: To teach students about the meaning of death and the dead for the living, over time and across cultures; about the significance to human communities (past and present) of care; and about the often invisible emotional and psychological labor that care entails.

  • colLAB: Bridging East Africa's Digital Health Divides

    University of Kansas

    Goal: This humanities-based lab explores how virtual resources are transforming the ways East Africans experience health, global connections, and socila change. Partners include Community Tool Box and Mufindi Orphans.

Curriculum Development

Summer Institutes